Volunteer in the Galapagos helping fight damaging effects of tourism to the environment!

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Dates 13 Sep '10 to 2 Oct '10

Flexible? No, not really

Est. Cost 2,140 - 2,400 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Tour Participants Wanted

Name Volunteer in the Galapagos helping fight damaging effects of tourism to the environment!

Booking Send an enquiry to the tour organiser

The Galapagos Islands needs your help. Every day hundreds of tourist fly there to take cruises, explore the islands, and spent their time checking out the wildlife.

While this should be encouraging news the environment is suffering at the expense of the economics of the tourist industry. Quarantines are ignored when cargo ships that are bringing in fruits and vegetables also import foreign species of plants that choke out the native plants. Cruise boats dump oil and waste into the water, and plastic bottles, garbage, and raw sewage can be found in the bays of the ports on the major islands.

One solution to these problems is a volunteer/travel program that lasts three weeks and combines conservation work on three islands. The work is spent replenishing native plants, reforestation, and working to create alternative solutions to shipping in produce.

The trip also combines responsible tourism as popular attractions on Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabella are combined into the itinerary and days off allow those committed enough to participate time to dive, hike, and enjoy the beauty of one of the most exotic places on earth.

Anyone can participate and those with a passion for travelling while helping the places they explore are encouraged to follow this trip or take the plunge and sign up.

The cost of 2140.00 include all accommodation, flights from Quito to the islands, the park entrance fee, meals, and transportation from each of the projects.

The first week is spent at a station on Santa Cruz, the second is spent working with volunteers from other trips on a biological station on San Cristobal, and the third is spent winding down and enjoying Isabella.

Attractions included is The Charles Darwin Research Station, exploring the beaches of San Cristobal, and the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabella.

Accommodation consist of a good mix of hostels, home stays, and volunteer station dormitories. Meals are cooked by locals who can accommodate people of any specific diet. The work is divided into two parts in the day with a few hours break at lunch. Days off and planned activities are planned to make the most out of the time spent on the islands.

The Eco-Tourism company that arranges this trip is called Lead-Adventures and they have experience helping thousands of travellers find volunteer/travel programs that include partnerships with Real Gap, Smaller Earth, and Volunteer Adventures as their representatives in Ecuador.

For more information contact me through this site. I am trying to get a group of ten people together and welcome any questions.

For updates and more information about the problems facing the Galapagos, join this group on the site Take Part!

http://www.takepart.com/groups/volunteer-galapagos/191323

Top ten reasons to volunteer!

http://savvyroundtheworld.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/top-ten-reasons-to-volunteer-in-the-galapagos/

Volunteer in the Galapagos helping fight damaging effects of tourism to the environment!

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jonniej
jonniej more info from volunteering.org http://volunteeringinfo.org/volunteer-stories/volunteering-in-ecuador-jon-jared.html
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jonniej jonniej
Argentina
 

Troopers Following

Becky Coles

Countries

Latin America

Highlights

  • Wall of Tears
  • Tortoise Breeding Center
  • The Charles Darwin foundation
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Cristobal
  • Isabella

Activities

  • Scuba & Snorkelling
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Wildlife & Ecology
  • Backpacking
  • Volunteering